Community Advisory Boards: What Works and What Doesn't (Lessons from a National Study)

23 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2021 Last revised: 2 Sep 2021

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Barry Friedman

New York University School of Law

Julian Clark

New York University School of Law

Date Written: June 25, 2021

Abstract

Community Advisory Boards (“CABs”) are one of the most common forms of police-community engagement bodies in the country. Both progressive leaders of policing agencies and proponents of civilian oversight frequently cite a range of potential benefits of CABs to both police and the communities they serve. As a result, CABs continue to grow across the country. This interest in CABs has continued with insufficient study and evaluation of whether CABs actually play any meaningful oversight or community-engagement role. In order to assess this, the Policing Project conducted an in-depth, national study of CABs. The study revealed that in practice, many community advisory boards suffer from a number of deficiencies—some quite serious—that often inhibit their ability to achieve their intended purpose. Too often CABs are a result of pro forma efforts by policing agencies to signal a commitment to working with the public—without really working with the public. This Article presents the lessons learned from the study, and offers practical guidance on establishing and operating effective CABs.

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Barry and Clark, Julian, Community Advisory Boards: What Works and What Doesn't (Lessons from a National Study) (June 25, 2021). 47 Am. J. Crim. L. 2 (2021), NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 21-25, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3874229

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